The 17 Best Spas and Wellness Experiences in Asheville
Asheville is known for its orientation to holistic, whole living. We love to eat good, organic, local food, strive to interact with the rest of the natural world more harmonically, and have many non-profits that address the needs of our most vulnerable communities.
Wellness and self-care are essential to our lifestyle, and we offer many experiences that facilitate them. So, be ready to turn off your phone for a few hours and disconnect from the rest of the world to connect to yourself.
We’ve compiled a list of the coolest wellness experiences and best spas in Asheville, not only because of the world-class treatments they offer but because many are locally owned businesses that do great work in our community. If you’re in need of a little pampering and self-care, you’ll have plenty of incredible options to choose from in Asheville!
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17 Incredible Asheville Spas and Wellness Experiences
1. Still Point Wellness
Still Point Wellness offers one of the top spa and wellness experiences in Asheville: a private chamber with a float tank where you’ll effortlessly float for one or two hours, supported by half a ton of Epsom salt in skin-temperature water.
The goal is to reach deeper states of physical and mental relaxation. The Epsom salt helps to pull tension out of the muscles, while the lack of stimulation (it’s dark and quiet in there!) and the support of the water gently coax you to be fully present with your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. They provide a float specialist who will walk you through the process, ensuring you are fully confident before starting your experience.
In addition, Still Point Wellness provides what is arguably the best massage in Asheville. The Esalen Massage is a holistic, whole-body relaxation massage developed at the famous Esalen Institute in California 60 years ago. Somatic Experience and Craniosacral Therapy are also part of Still Point Wellness’ offerings (I highly recommend them for more profound healing).
Check out their couples’ spa packages (for couples, friends, or family members). And please, get some medicine ball chocolates before you leave!
2. Asheville Salt Cave
This is not only Asheville’s sole salt cave but one of the top spas in Asheville. Using 30 tons of pure pink salt from Poland, the Dead Sea, the Himalayans, and the Celtic Sea, they have naturally recreated the microclimate of a salt mine.
The air in the cave is saturated with negative ions, while the salt rock crystals release 84 trace elements and minerals essential to the human body’s homeostasis. The air here is anti-bacterial, uncontaminated by dirt, and free of toxins and pollutants.
The cave is public (the max is 10 people), and you can relax in a zero-gravity chair or on a floor cushion. They also offer their signature Couples Massage in the Salt Cave, Private Sessions just for you and your loved one, and Kids’ Quiet Play Sessions (see all of their offerings here).
In addition, Asheville Salt Cave has a newly-built hamman or traditional Turkish bath (a steam room you can only book for private sessions for yourself or your group) and multiple fantastic massage therapies (all of them have a touch of salt!).
3. Sauna House
“Hot-Cold-Relax” is the simple, traditional formula that will leave you feeling like a new person after two hours at the Sauna House. The Sauna House has two spaces, and they both have a sauna and cold 48˚F plunge showers.
The one upstairs is to socialize and lounge: there are heated chairs where you can sit down, relax, and chitchat with your friends after the cold shower. The space downstairs is quieter, and they’ll kindly ask you to observe silence (it’s my favorite, of course!).
The most popular service is the two-hour session in the shared spaces. But you can also book a private Hot-Cold-Relax room. They also offer an infrared sauna cabin with only 135-155°F (traditional saunas are about 185-200°F). So, you’ll achieve an intense sweat and similar health benefits to conventional saunas in a much gentler environment. These can be booked for one or two people for a 45-minute session.
This is the perfect option for a mother-daughter date, and it’s trendy for bachelorette parties and girls’ nights out not only because of the experience but because of its location inside the Historic Grove Arcade in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Wake offers 45-minute foot soaks with add-ons of 20-40 minutes of massage. They use the best essential oils, clays, and salts. We chose the Clay Bath (white clay, avocado, fennel, and clary sage) and the Salty Beach Rose (lavender, jasmine, and detoxifying rose salts swirled together while dried rose petals peak through bubbles!), and they felt beautiful.
All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy! You can sip tea or wine and savor truffles. The massage add-on happens during the soak, so the service time remains the same. You can choose between the foot and lower leg, hand and lower arm, head, neck, and shoulders massage – or all of them!
If you’re looking for the best spas in Asheville, you can’t go wrong with Wake. In addition, they offer packages that include soaking, massages, and yummy add-ons. Appointments are not required but highly recommended because the seating is limited.
5. Asheville Yoga Center
The Asheville Yoga Center is not a spa, or at least not a spa where you’ll get treatment from someone else, but a place where you’ll give yourself one of the best treatments: the practice of yoga led by one of the best teachers in the Southeast.
This custom-built, green yoga studio hosts over 100 classes per week, numerous workshops and training courses, and a boutique where you can buy clothing and yoga accessories. Asheville Yoga Center offers private yoga classes and yoga therapy sessions that are popular for corporate/team-building events, bachelorette and bachelor parties, and group vacations.
They can host groups of up to 40 people in their studio in North Asheville within walking distance of downtown. Or they can travel to your location. Would you like to add something special to your class, like aromatherapy or gong sound healing therapy? They’ll make it happen!
6. Massage on Wheels and Asheville Massage & Bodywork
Massage on Wheels and Asheville Massage & Bodywork is in North Asheville, just a few blocks from downtown. It offers in-spa massages, foot soaks, sauna sessions, and out-call massage services to customers located 40 miles within downtown Asheville (they have same-day availability within two hours, and the service fee increases with distance).
Part of this business’ mission is to support licensed massage and bodywork therapists by providing above-average industry pay and to provide free massage services to the community.
All in-spa or out-call massage therapies can be scheduled as a couples massage (and they offer one of the best Asheville couples massages!). They offer add-ons for a fee, and they are all amazing!
Check out the Manual Lymphatic Drainage, the Sound Healing, the CBD Massage, and the Reiki Healing Session. The foot soaks can also be combined in packages with sauna and full body massages.
7. Blazing Lotus Healing House and Wild Rose Healing House
There are two locations of the same North Asheville business with the mission to provide massage therapy as an act of service for the community. Blazing Lotus Healing House and Wild Rose Healing House offer Thai Massage, Integrative Massage, and the barefoot technique Ashiatsu Massage. Their services include whole body, foot, neck-head, and shoulder massages, as well as prenatal and couples massages.
Every therapy includes a free enhancement (hot stones, hot towels, or aromatherapy) and a complimentary cup of a loose-leaf herbal tea made in their apothecary. You can also choose from a list of luxury enhancements for a fee. From dry foot scrubs to coconut scalp massages, they are all so good!
The treatments and offerings are basically the same at both locations, but Wild Rose Healing House offers an infrared sauna (check their packages of massage and sauna). Both establishments offer fantastic spa packages!
8. Shoji Spa and Retreat
This place is hands down one of the best spas in Asheville. Shoji Spa and Retreat is a Japanese-inspired wellness center located “2,500 feet above stress level,” overlooking the National Forest and just a few minutes from downtown Asheville.
They offer salt hydrotherapy tubs, massage therapy, chea massage pods (massage chairs), and custom spa packages (check out the Treetop Sauna package or the Nagusamu, which is perfect for one person!). Any soak or spa package includes using the 180+ degree wet cedar sauna, open-air double cold showers, a robe, sandals, and spa towels.
Try their signature tea blend, made in partnership with the local Dobra Tea Co., served by the hot tub with raw, unfiltered honey and Japanese tea crackers. You can enhance any massage therapy with the Shoji aromatherapy essential oil blend or a CBD salve.
Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) is its signature group experience for up to 15 guests. It includes forest bathing and private hot tubs. Another cool thing about Shoji is that it uses locally sourced spa products.
9. Asheville Wellness Retreats and Tours
Asheville Wellness Retreats and Tours offers tours for you to venture out in the beautiful surroundings of Asheville, stay-in experiences that are brought to your vacation rental, and they can also work with you to craft the perfect, customized wellness experience for your group.
Their premade tours include hiking yoga tours, guided forest bathing, North Carolina winery tours, SUP yoga, and goat yoga! Yes, you read that right. The classes are held in a wide-open field in the summer, with baby goats frolicking around. In the winter, you’ll snuggle up with these kids in a toasty, covered barn.
Asheville Wellness also offers stay-in experiences that they bring to your vacation rental. Choose between a private yoga class, a guided meditation, a tarot reading, and a mobile massage.
Or ask them what you want, and they’ll make it happen. One of their specialties is group events, so contact them if you wish to book a different corporate event or a wedding day wellness experience at their location or yours.
10. BioForest Restore
BioForest Restore is a five-star Airbnb experience created by Yanina (Uruguay) “to facilitate and support relationship tending practices between human and nature consciousness.”
It blends various place-based earth-honoring traditions and rituals and represents one of Asheville’s many spiritual currents very well. Yanina is a certified North Carolina Environmental Educator and a Certified Sivananda Yoga and Meditation Instructor.
She’s also learning Shamanic Arts and Plant Medicine. Some of the tools used during this experience come from Reiki Activation & Chakra Tuning, Jñāna Yoga & Meditation, Deep Shamanic Breathing & Journey, Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing), Shamanism, and Animism.
This two-hour walking ceremony will take you on a journey of healing, transformation, and a profound spiritual connection with nature. Some benefits of forest walking are a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, reduced stress, and a calmer state of mind.
This experience welcomes all! As Yanina says: “For some, this will be a walk in the park. For others, it will be somewhat of a forest initiation. It all depends on your edges. I am here to support you.”
11. Compassionate Expressions Mountain Inn and Healing Sanctuary
This women-owned and operated wellness center is located on a 40-acre property with natural wildlife, forest, pastureland, and a mountain stream. It’s on the northwest side of Asheville, in the mountains of Leicester, a scenic 30-minute drive from downtown Asheville, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
It offers a comprehensive list of spa and profound healing and restorative experiences. They have individual treatments and packages. You can choose to spend the night or use it as a day spa. We love their personal retreats that combine many healing modalities for some well-deserved “me time.”
The healing therapies include massage, intuitive energy healing, and sound wave healing (definitely check out the couple’s sound wave healing treatment!). They have an infrared sauna and outdoor hot tubs, too.
Their lodging provides a private, low-stimulus environment that promotes relaxation (the rooms don’t have internet, cell phone coverage, or TVs). You can find their pendulums handcrafted from select domestic and exotic woods from around the world.
12. Fusion Day Spa
Fusion Day Spa is located in West Asheville. Its services include massage therapy, facials, and full body and foot treatments. We love the packages, which are great for saving money. For many years Fusion was considered “West Asheville’s best little secret,” but now it is very popular and known as one of the top spas in Asheville among locals and visitors.
The Fusion owner is Katy Dalton, and she and the other massage therapists are trained in various techniques, making each session unique and designed for the client’s specific needs. They offer add-ons, and a favorite is the blissful Dry Body Brushing.
Fusion’s most popular services are the Head-to-Toe Facial, the 90-Minute Massage, and the Gentleman’s Facial.
13. The Forest Farmacy
The Forest Farmacy offers a forest bathing donation-based four-hour experience. Forest bathing is an ancient Japanese practice for releasing stress and connecting more deeply with ourselves through nature.
Research shows that forest bathing reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and anger while strengthening the immune system and improving cardiovascular and metabolic health and mental health.
Kat, the facilitator of this experience, is a psychologist and a certified Transformational Eco-Therapy and Wilderness Rites of Passage Guide. She crafted the Transformational Forest Bathing that weaves techniques from eco-therapy, depth psychology, wilderness rites of passage, and mythic storytelling to form a powerfully transformative experience.
Please know that you’ll be in the forest the entire time. They’ll provide hot tea and fire if it’s chilly, and you will be asked to leave your cell phone in your car.
14. Sensibilities Day Spa
Founded in 1999 and located in South Asheville, Sensibilities is “Asheville’s original spa establishment” and one of the best day spas in Asheville.
It offers waxing services, organic skin care (they use Eminence Organic Skin Care products), massage therapy (all of their treatments can be scheduled as couples massage!), body treatments (called wraps, try the Stone Crop Reparative Wrap if you want a full body update!), natural nail care, and wonderful spa packages.
Some of their services are specially designed for men. All the massage oil and the professional skin products used at the spa are organic, and the nail care products are vegan.
Sensibilities Day Spa is located in the Hilton Asheville at Biltmore Park, making this a great opportunity to enjoy the shops and restaurants in Biltmore Park while paying a visit to one of the top spas in Asheville.
15. The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn
Voted numerous times as one of the best spa hotels in Asheville and the United States, The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn’s 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa offers many excellent wellness treatments.
It has steam rooms, therapeutic waterfalls, and an oversized mountain-view hot tub. Spa access and treatments are only available to overnight resort guests, though. So, to enjoy a day at their spa, you’ll have to start planning a getaway at the historic, luxurious Grove Park Inn.
Please remember that weekend appointments should be booked three to four months in advance. The spa offers dreamy contrast pools, inhalation rooms, saunas, eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, and multiple facial, body, massage, and pedicure experiences.
Plus, the Spa Cafe offers a delicious, healthy menu and three fireside lounges with oversized chairs to relax in. Before you leave, grab gifts from their signature spa line at the Spa Boutique!
16. Spa Theology
Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, Spa Theology is an urban oasis that offers massage and body services, facials, waxing, nail care, and wellness soaks. Getting one of their treatments can be part of your plan to fully experience our vibrant downtown scene.
It offers therapeutic and relaxation massages and a lovely Mother Massage for expecting mothers. I highly recommend their facials. The Privai Ultimate Age Eraser is fantastic, and you have many add-on options (give the Lifting Microcurrent a try!).
They also provide Powel Peel Anti-Aging Facial and Hydrafacial Treatment sessions. The nail care includes regular and gel mani-pedi services, and their nail care products are vegan. The wellness soaks include a guided meditation, and you can add a foot massage if you want to go all out.
17. Recline and unwind Social Spa
Located at Pack Square, Recline & Unwind Social Spa is a one-room spa with multiple stations promoting relaxation and social wellness. Every service is 15 minutes long (“Short, Sweet, and Satisfying”). It’s the perfect stop for a festive girls’ night out or a quick pick-me-up session after a hard day.
You can also mix and match experiences or choose one of the packages that includes a soak, massages, and a beverage. All the services are provided in heated zero-gravity recliners that fully support your body. The best news? You don’t have to keep it quiet! You are welcome to talk, text, take selfies, and TikTok!
There is a Kid Care Menu for children up to 11 years old, and they can choose up to two spa experiences during the 15-minute session. In addition, they offer a selection of beers, wines, and bubbly beverages. Plus, they can accommodate larger groups if you’re planning a special event.